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US sceptical on Nigeria claim that schoolgirls located

Published on May 28, 2014 6:50 AM
Nigerians protest over the abducted Chibok School girls in Lagos, Nigeria on May 27, 2014. -- PHOTO: EPA

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States expressed scepticism on Tuesday that more than 200 schoolgirls held by Boko Haram militants had been located by Nigeria, stating that it had no “independent information” on the matter.

The country’s highest ranking military officer on Monday said that Nigeria had located the missing teenagers, kidnapped mid-April by the armed militant group.

But one day later, US State Department Spokesman Jen Psaki told journalists that the there was no “independent information from the United States to support these reports.”

Asked whether she found it “smart” of Nigerian officials to announce they had found the girls – in the event that they had been located – Ms Psaki responded that “for the girls’ safety and wellbeing, we certainly would not discuss publicly this sort of information.”

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